Richmond Review’s Top 30 Under 30 – Congratulations

The 2011 instalment of the Richmond Review’s 30 Under 30 to watch featured two graduates, and one current student, of the McNair Mini School program.  In addition, of the 30 young men and women featured, there were a total of six from Matthew McNair, 20% of the entire list!

From the McNair Mini School program are the following (and we are so proud to have been able to work with them):

Winnie Wong – Mini School Class of 2006.  Winnie is an extremely talented pianist.  She frequented the stage to perform her talent which always amazed the audience.  She is currently finishing off her Fine Arts Degree at UBC and teaching her craft to youth.  While at McNair, Winnie was a strong and well rounded student, and also heavily involved with the extensive McNair Band Program.  If you are lucky enough, you may be able to catch her perform throughout our city.  I also know that she performs at weddings too!  With her talent, attitude, and achievements, it is no wonder why Winnie has been placed on this list!  Congratulations Winnie!


Ethan Cox – Mini School Class of 2005.  Ethan was quite the well rounded boy during his day at McNair.  He had good marks and actually left McNair in his grade 11 year to play junior hockey.  Lucky for us he returned to graduate and in that year, took home scholarships, achieved excellent grades, and even played the piano in his Mini School Arts Night performance.  After highschool, Ethan took a scholarship at Colgate University to play hockey where he went on to be the team captain and was awarded the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award.  This was created to acknowledge outstanding student-athletes who have embraced humanitarian efforts with unbounded passion, while on a hockey scholarship.  The awarding foundation solicits nominations from every college varsity hockey program in the country, male and female, Divisions I-III.  Way to go Ethan!!!

Maya Macatumpeg – Mini School Class of 2011.  Maya is currently in her final year at McNair and with the Mini School.  Maya is a vibrant young woman with a bright future ahead in many possible areas.  She is a member of the Sr. Girls Basketball Team that won the Richmond Title this year, is a part of the current Alice in Wonderland play by Theatre McNair, working in the film industry, and a strong full time student!  Maya is still a bit of a screaming young kid (like the one she played in the motion picture film The Day After Tomorrow), but she is much more refined and has the potential for greatness.  That is why she is on this list!  Congratulations Maya!


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